WWE Never Say Never: Could Shawn Michaels Face Triple H at WrestleMania XXX?

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WWE Never Say Never: Could Shawn Michaels Face Triple H at WrestleMania XXX?
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Shawn Michaels and Triple H at WrestleMania could have been a possibility in 2011. Tension between Michaels and Triple H brewed heading into Michaels' career-ending match against the Undertaker. As a result, a Triple H screw job was widely speculated. 

Triple H costing his best friend his career is all the conflict needed to bring Michaels out of retirement for WrestleMania revenge. 

If Michaels didn't take his retirement seriously (and who does in pro wrestling?), he could have easily found a storyline reason to wrestle one more match. Not a single fan would have batted an eye. 

Unfortunately, the wrestling gods proved to be cruel deities in this go-around. To this day, Michaels remains one of the select few pro wrestlers to stay retired despite being as good as he ever was in his last match. 

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The fact that Terry Funk continues to come out of retirement while Shawn Michaels opts to hunt suggests that the aforementioned wrestling gods may be trolls. 

However, with Michaels returning to WWE storylines late in October—when WrestleMania storylines are internally being considered—the possibility of an imminent return exists. 

Triple H made it quite clear this past Monday that he only fights top stars. Whether or not this will lead to a proving-ground match for Daniel Bryan against the Game has yet to be determined. As for now, the only star per Triple H's implicit criteria was wearing a buttoned-up shirt and a baseball cap. 

Some fans expect Shawn Michaels to turn heel and align himself with Triple H at Hell in a Cell. If this doesn't happen, it's safe to say that the (storyline) friendship between Michaels and Triple H will be over. That particular friction will be more than enough to spawn a familiar feud between HBK and Triple H. 

Given the storyline progression, the right match for WrestleMania XXX is Daniel Bryan and Triple H, with Daniel Bryan cementing his super stardom with a win. 

Unfortunately for Bryan, this is WrestleMania XXX. And while Triple H's dismissive comments toward Bryan were made in character, part of him legitimately believes that his occasional wrestling matches should be reserved for his fellow immortals. 

In many ways, he's right. 

Triple H's days as a WWE performer are numbered. He is but an attraction at this point and his in-ring value should be maximized whenever he decides to put on a pair of black boots. 

There is a very small list of wrestlers who Shawn Michaels would come out of retirement to work with. Triple H is a headliner on that list. Michaels told me himself

Should Shawn Michaels returns to a wrestling ring, these circumstances serve as the perfect opportunity. 

If Michaels stays retired through a milestone WrestleMania season while a conflict with Triple H dangles in front of his five o'clock shadow, maybe we can say never. 

 

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